10 March 2017


Stephen McMennamy's site. CLICK HERE


"68 Exquisite Photos Of Women Resisting Around The World." CLICK HERE.

1. Go to the link above.
2. Look through the slide show WITHOUT reading the captions.
3. Choose three "Reading a Photo" questions.
4. Grab your most moving/interesting photo & post the image to your blog.
5. Caption the photo with appropriate accreditation (like above here).
6. Write your responses under the photo in your post.
7. Title the post "READING A PHOTO #2"
8. Publish post.

*This is worth 4 points, and will be combined with your "March Classwork" score in Synergy.

09 March 2017

08 March 2017

PROJECT #7: ARCHITECTURE (Ongoing through the end of March 2017)

DIRECTION: For the rest of the month of March, make 36+ (less is not more for us, more is more. ;) well-composed structure/building/architecture/cityscape images (a handful of each)

EXPLANATION: Think of this project as an exercise in finding shape and line, and structure, spaces, air. The shape and line you photograph will cut your picture frame in to geometry. How can you photograph shape and line (in architecture) so that the viewer's eye is led into the photograph, and kept there. You will look for leading lines, repeated shape, light and shadow, visual rhythm created by shape and line, etc. You are to make photographs that give us a section of your subject matter: a glimpse of it.

For some of the photographs, leave the horizon line out of the photograph. By doing this, you will force yourself (your body) to be interacting with the space you are in differently. Your eye will see things in a new way.

For some of the photographs, get in close and make photographs of parts/details of the structure.

Maybe through this process, and spending time with buildings/places/spaces, you'll capture the spirit and energy of the place/location. That would be a good thing.

A few photographers from the past: Frederick Evans (Cathedral photos), Albert Renger-Patzsch, Paul Strand (his 1915 photo of Wall Street), Berenice Abbott (photos of NYC), Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Candida Hofer, and many more...

Architecture of Portland. CLICK HERE.
25 Great Architecture Photographers.
25 Best Architecture Photographs 2016.
Arcaid Images. CLICK HERE.
Lynne Cohen. CLICK HERE.
Mark Citret. CLICK HERE.
50 Examples of Architecture Photography. CLICK HERE.
Wolfram. CLICK HERE.
A bit different from our aim, but on a wider scale very good. CLICK HERE.
A Brilliant Beginner's Guide To Architecture Photography. CLICK HERE.




07 March 2017

Exposure Triangle Review: ISO

This is ISO.
It's the setting on your camera which controls how your sensor records light.
The higher the ISO number, the more sensitive-to-light it is. 
In low light situations, one would normally TURN-UP the ISO to a higher number - because the light is low and your camera has to PULL IN the light.
Conversely, on a bright day outside, one would be able to TURN-DOWN the ISO because the light is entering the camera quickly...because it's bright.
For now, simple as that. 




Grab the photo.
Do an image search in Google Images (CLICK HERE)
Find the photo & information about the photo.
Post the image and your responses to each of the questions below.
Title the post "History #2"

1. Who made this photo?
2. Where & what year was it made?
3. Why is it significant?

06 March 2017

PHOTO ESSAY Notes & Research (Ongoing)

Greek neighborhood. CLICK HERE.

Photo Essays with a PURPOSE. CLICK HERE.
Asking questions of your subject. CLICK HERE.

Ruth Prieto. Safe Haven. CLICK HERE.
Reindeer Races Above the Arctic Circle. CLICK HERE.
Weeknight dinner. CLICK HERE.
Timbers Army. CLICK HERE.
Yes! Magazine. CLICK HERE.

Following are ten photo essays ideas to consider…

Photo Essay #1: Document a Local Event. The town I live in has an annual bicycle classic. To turn this into a photo essay, one could arrive early to catch the cyclists and sponsors as they are preparing, then photograph the cyclists riding throughout the day, and finish with some shots of tents coming down and everyone heading home.

Photo Essay #2: Exhibition. Find an exhibition going on at a nearby gallery or museum. Not only photograph the pieces themselves but also those in attendance—how they are interacting with the pieces and among themselves. If you can, attend the reception so you can also capture the artist or artists whose work is on display or the curators of the exhibit.

Photo Essay #3: Transformation (Short-term). For this photo essay, find a subject that is undergoing a short-term transformation. This could include a group of men growing mustaches to celebrate Movember or a stray dog brought in to a shelter that is groomed and adopted. This sort of essay should take no longer than a month or so to tell its story.

Photo Essay #4: Transformation (Long-term). Think pregnancy, from the baby bump through to birth and maybe even the first birthday, or following a returning soldier and their transformation back to civilian life. This project should last months and could be worked around other projects being completed at the same time.

Photo Essay #5: A Day in the Life. For this essay, find someone such as a doctor, lawyer, firefighter, or police officer willing to let you follow him or her for a day, both behind the scenes and during their job. If there are times when photos cannot be taken, then you can use the text option for a photo essay and supplement your photos with some captions or short written passages.

Photo Essay #6: Raise Awareness. Find a local charity and document their daily operations, their personnel, and who or what they are helping. Give a visual sense of what they are trying to accomplish and why it is important.

Photo Essay #7: Turn a Day Out into Reportage. Find a location one would normally go to for a day out but treat this day out more as reportage—photograph behind the scenes shots, interview workers and customers. Locations could include amusement parks, nature preserves, or movie theaters.

Photo Essay #8: Give Meaning to Street Photography. Hit the streets and document the faces of you see. Obviously, be respectful, but perhaps engage in conversations. Try to go deeper than the surface and look for what passersby tend to ignore.

Photo Essay #9: Neighbors. Find a neighborhood and, after photographing the homes, ask to photograph those inside the homes. You could photograph them inside their homes or just in their doorways, depending upon what you want the focus to be on—the interiors or the individuals within those interiors.

Photo Essay #10: Education. Find a school and photograph its students, teachers, and classrooms. Show the students studying and playing and the teachers teaching and on break. Photograph the computer labs and technology if it is a more affluent school or focus on what the teachers make do with if it is a less affluent school. For a longer essay, you could compare and contrast a rural school to a city school.